Derek Foster, Associate Professor

Faculty of Social Sciences




Derek Foster, Associate Professor

Office: SBH 311
Extension: 5366; Email: dfoster@brocku.ca

I'm interested in supervising projects in the areas of reality TV; popular culture and memory; popular culture and place promotion; fandom; communication activism; and visual rhetoric (or the strategic use of symbols, broadly construed).

Education:
Ph.D. Communication, Carleton School of Journalism and Communication
M.A. Mass Communication, Carleton School of Journalism and Communication
M.A. Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
B.A. (H) Political Studies, Queen's University

Research Interests:

Visual rhetoric
Television studies
Discourse analysis of public and popular culture(s)
Popular culture and public memory

Teaching Areas:
Visual rhetoric
Audience research
Language and power
Theories of the media
Communication of social issues

Selected Publications:
(2013) "One person's trash is another one's treasure: Why reality TV can do just as much good as harm." In Joshua Greenberg and Charlene Elliott (Eds.), Communication in Question: Competing perspectives on controversial issues in communication studies. Toronto: Nelson. pp. 275-280.

(2012) "How even American reality TV can perform a public service on Canadian television." In Marian Bredin, Scott Henderson, and Sarah A. Matheson (Eds.), Canadian Television: Text and context. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press. pp. 135-151

(2010) “‘Wii’re here for a good time’: The sneaky rhetoric of Wii themed parties.” The Journal of American Culture. 33:1. 30-39.

(2009) “Kleer-cut(ting) downtown: The visual rhetoric of Greenpeace’s quest to save the boreal forest.” Enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing and culture (online). 6:2.

(2009) Chasing the Public: The CBC and the Debate Over Factual Entertainment on Canadian Airwaves. Canadian Journal of Communication. 34.1 pp. 61-77.

(2009) “Locating Children in the Discourse of Squeegee Kids.” In Loren Lerner (Ed.), Depicting Canada’s Children. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 201-218.

(2008) “Hockey dreams: the reality and the fiction of a national obsession.” In Zoë Druick & Patsy Kotsopoulos (Eds.), Programming Reality: Perspectives on English Canadian Television. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 85-106.

 

 

 

Derek Foster